Creation Spirituality

Exploring the relationship between the paths of Creation Spirituality with the reformation of the Christian Faith. For those in exile, we are looking for a home here.

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C.E. Dorsett was a storyteller since childhood from Poplar Bluff, MO, to Frederick, MD, immersing himself in mythology from around the world. An artist, a writer, and a dabbler in electronic music, he has been working hard to harness the full power of his imagination. His love of Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror and all things gothic have been his guide. One night, in a small apartment in Oakland, CA, he awoke from a dream with the idea for the novel, Liquid Sky, now available.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

What is Creation Spirituality?

“The fall/redemption spiritual tradition is not nearly as ancient as is the creation-centered one. The former goes back principally to St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.); to Thomas a Kempis, who said, ‘Every time I go into creation, I withdraw from God’; to Cardinal Bossuet; Cotton Mather; and Father Tanquerry. The creation-centered tradition traces its roots to the ninth century B.C., with the very first author of the Bible, the Yahwist or J source, to the psalms, to wisdom books of the Bible, to much of the prophets, to Jesus and much of the New Testament, and to the very first Christian theologian in the West, St. Irenaeous (c. 130-200 A.D.) (Fox, Original Blessing.11).”

Creation Spirituality is a living alternative to the fall/redemption tradition. Matthew Fox has been very active in naming this path, and helping to bring more attention to this much-neglected aspect of our tradition. Now I have to say, I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Fox, but I have to warn you, I am not a cheerleader for his books. While I do encourage you to read his books, and check him out for yourself, I do have a few disagreements with him. Now don’t take me wrong, I agree with him more often than not, but I approach Creation Spirituality from a different angle than he does.

The Via Media of Creation Spirituality
The power of Creation Spirituality is the naming of the Via Media (Middle Way) of the life of faith in four part.

Via Positiva (The Affirmative Way)

The affirmation, trust in, and use of religious metaphor to enrich and guide the faithful. This is the path of study.

Via Negativa (The Silent Way)
The negative confession: the denial of permanence and separateness, and acceptance of the cloud of unknowing. This is the path of mediation.

Via Creativa (The Creative Way)
The acceptance of our nature as co-creators with God of the world in which we live. This is the path of creativity.

Via Transformativa (The Transformative Way)
The activism for justice the grows out of the life of faith. This is the path of liberation.

The Four in One
These four paths are the heart of Creation Spirituality. Through an understanding of these paths, we gain a better understanding of the journey of faith. This is the missing heart of the faith.

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